Former U.S. Senate Candidate Allegedly Tried To Hire Hit Man

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday that a former U.S. Senate candidate was arrested for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his uncle, WHJL reported.

Thomas Kenneth “T.K.” Owens, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012, was arrested after he allegedly met up with a person he believed was a hit man at a sports bar and gave him $500 to kill his uncle Ernest “Ernie” Widby, according to the Johnson City Press.

According to the bureau, Owens brought a picture of Widby, who is a Carter County, Tenn. Sheriff’s Office deputy and founding pastor of the New Zion Faith Center in Johnson City, Tenn., along with a copy of Wigby’s home address to give the hit man.

Owens was being held on a $100,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court Friday, according to WHJL.

It wasn’t the first time Owens had been arrested. WVLT reported that he was arrested last year for allegedly asking a 7-year-old girl for oral sex.

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